A Special Thank You…

For nearly eight years now, VisionWorkshops has been generously supported by the Carol M. Jacobsohn Foundation (CMJF,) and is one of their longest-funded organizations. CMJF, whose focus is is to improve the quality of life for the general community, primarily aiding economically or educationally disadvantaged women and children, funds a variety of programs from medical to social outreach, education, and support for the arts.  As CMJF President and Chairman of our VisionWorkshops Board, Hank Libby has the unique position of thoughtfully bringing together like-minded organizations in our community that, together, make a more positive and dynamic impact.

Photo by Piper Watson

Carol M. Jacobsohn herself was an accomplished casino online artist and prominent business woman in Chicago, establishing the Foundation in 1958 to support programs that targeted underserved women and children, the issues that affected them, and the community as a whole.  Affordable housing programs for female heads of households is still a triumph that the Foundation maintains.  In 1996, Jacobsohn and her business partner Nancy Gensburg developed the now very successful concept behind the pre-paid gift card.  And in 2002 after her passing at the age of 75, Jacobsohn”s nephew Hank Libby stepped into the role of CMJF President to fulfill his aunt”s wishes of continuing support for philanthropic ventures that build stronger communities and healthier lives.


So, during this holiday season as we all gather with our loved ones and reflect on all that is good in this world and in life, we would like to extend a special thank you to the Carol M. Jacobsohn Foundation and Hank Libby for being such a positive influence on the people in our community and bringing so many wonderful opportunities to those that might otherwise be without.

Photo by Kenia, a VisionWorkshops student who participated in a program made possible by the Carol M. Jacobsohn Foundation. ESOL students examined their hopes for the future through a photography and writing workshop at Bates Middle School.

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